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seriously the sequester and what that will do in the near term to the u.s. economy? >> the sequester is not just a cut back, but a very crude cut back, sort of just chop one finger off at every hand instead of letting somebody go. i think it was designed that way because the idea was this will force us to do something. but now they haven't. >> i'm starting to hear people in washington say, look, this is going to force some efficiencies in these agencies. they've had budgets that have been getting bigger and bigger for years, stimulus thrown into all different kind of safety net fund funds. maybe this is just tough medicine. >> it might force efficiencies into some agencies, though they really weren't planning for it, so they're having to do it pretty hectically. some agencies you don't want to cut. across the board cuts are a very crude way to run policy. do you want to cut your research and development, medical care, projects where you promised to pay and may end up losing a lot of money? the problem is it's so crude. they said, okay, this won't happen. we all know we won't do this.
people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. not much information right now. turkey authorities are responding to that scene, trying to collect more information. the blast happened just a short while ago, some. news reports out of that area, saw a big flash, heard a big bang. reports of several people wounded near a side gate of the embassy. we're waiting for more information, the u.s., of course, has two major air bases in turkey no, where near the capit capital. soledad. >> thank you, chris, for watching this story. >>> also, we told you just moments ago, the former new york city mayor ed koch has died. he passed away from congestive heart failure. he had really problems with his health over the last many years. mayor koch elected in 1977. he was a judge on the people's court, and he had been hospitalized recent well fluid on his lungs. moved to intensive care yesterday. he was 88 years old. richard socaridies joins us. writer for
, these are reports from two major newspapers today, saying that this u.s. launches these drone attacks against al qaeda targets from that particular base. i want to bring in two folks here at the pentagon chris lawrence also michael holmes from cnn international. chris, it's not a total surprise that this was there in saudi arabia, but certainly it was not something that they officially wanted to reveal. why are they doing it now? >> that's the big question, suzanne, why did this come out? we reported two years ago from our sources u.s. officials were telling us the cia was building an airstrip in the a arabian peninsula. it was hinted it would possibly be in saudi arabia. but we never had any sort of agreement to withhold that. we simply reported it was being built in the arabian peninsula. others entered an agreement with the white house to hold back the exact location. why that is coming out now? that's what we are trying to figure out. it's certainly extremely provocative. you couldn't pick probably a more provocative place in the islamic world to have u.s. strikes originating from saudi arab
. >>> american spy secrets exposed? iran claims it has hacked into a captured u.s. drone. we have a live report. >>> and, john t is high drama on capitol hit. president obama's big pick for cia director up for con fir make in a few hours. but will members of his own party derail it? >> i don't know. >> lots of drama. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolinment. >> i'm john berman. it's thursday, february 7th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. up first, brace yourselves, bundle up, buy a shovel. this will be a big one. at this moment a blaizzard watc is in effects for new england. a storm is headed that way and could be historihistoric. it could drop two feet of snow in some places and it all starts tomorrow. you told us this was coming yesterday, you were on top of this one. >> we're trying. boston could rival its worst blizzard from 2003 which had 27 1/2 inches. all of this talks about two storm systems coming together. the first one here, notice in the south, all instability, a tornado warming out there for plaquemines parish. this is moving off to the east. we wi
u.s. drone strikes. >>> another asteroid warning. look up, look out, and let's go "outfront." >>> good evening. i'm tom foreman in for erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, no guns, no alcohol, but no jail either. tonight the olympic blade runner oscar pistorius is free. >> i come to the conclusion that the accused has made a case to be released on bail. >> south africa's chief magistrate told the courtroom early this morning pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, is not a flight risk and would not commit more violence if released from jail. and with that, pistorius met the requirements for bail which was set at about $112,000 u.s. pistorius is believed to be staying at his uncle's home. he's had to surrender his passports and guns. he must report to police twice a week and refrain from consuming alcohol. the pistorius family members shook hands after the decision and proclaimed oscar's innocence. >> we know oscar's version of what happened. that tragic night. and we know that that is the truth. and that will prevail. >> but will that version of events add up when pisto
of millions to finance the u.s. postal service cycling team, filed in 2010 by floyd landis. to the feds have a case? paul callan, how important is it that the feds are jumping in? >> this is very, very big. what it indicates is the federal government, justice department, have faith there's a legitimate suit here. this false claims act was started in the civil war when the u.s. government was being defrauded by contractors and it said, basically, if you're a worker and you see fraud and you start a lawsuit, we're going to reward you with 15% to 30% of what you recover. this could be a huge lawsuit, $100 million lawsuit, a lot of money at stake for the government and floyd landis, armstrong's teammate. >> let me ask you about the law and math. here's a statement from armstrong's attorney. lance and his representatives worked constructively with federal lawyers to resolve this case fairly. those talks failed because we disagree whether the postal service was damaged. the postal service's own studies show the service benefited tremendously from sponsorship, we know the postal service put in abou
: that's right. the u.s. navy quickly assembling what records it has on this man. and telling us he was a navy reservist. just until a few days ago, he separated from the naval service. we don't know when the last time is he showed up. but he has shooting expertise. let's go through it. according to navy records, he has been awarded the rifle marksman ribbon and the pistol expert medal. these are awarded for achieving a certain level of shooting accuracy at various distances. let's be clear. the plan is not a navy commander, he's not a navy s.e.a.l. he held a number of jobs as a reservist in navy security operations. in fact, he went to iraq, we are told, and had a job providing military security on iraqi oil platforms, to have that job, it is most likely we are told he did receive some advanced weapons training. you will remember back in those days, those oil platforms, a lot of concern about small boat attacks, sniper attacks, that sort of thing. so he clearly has a certain level, a worrisome level of weapons expertise. the police know this. they know what they are dealing with. w
't giving up yet. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." cutting our pay. that's how one u.s. officer says u.s. troops view the recommendation for a smaller pay increase in 2014. no one goes into the military to get rich but most servicemen and women need every dollar in their paycheck. so worried that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defen
say they do not have the capability to make a bomb. >> well, zoraida, it will be days before the u.s. has a very good handle on the size of the explosion, the size of the payload, but at first glance what u.s. officials are very concerned about are north korea's claims that it testified a miniaturized nuclear weapon. why is that so concerning? that means they're closer to making a missile that they could launch toward the united states. these types of dplier tesnuclea moves them closer to mastering the idea. it was expected, officials tell me, that north korea warned the u.s. and china yesterday that a test was eminent. after the test president obama issued a statement. what he said was north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. we will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our six-party partners,united nations security council and other u.n. member states to pursue this. they will be meeting this morning in an emergency session. my source is telling
police officers murdered -- injured, i should say, wolf. now back to you. >> he was a u.s. navy reserve lieutenant and we are told in the navy he was rated as a rifle marksman and pistol expert, according to his navy records. he was fired by the police department of los angeles four years ago. do we know what triggered four years later this rampage? >> reporter: well, he he brought up charges against an officer saying that this officer kicked a homeless man. it was determined later, according to police reports, that these charges were false by dorner. after a while, he was subsequently fired and he refers to that time and time again in his manifesto as the reason that he would wage a vendetta against officers, wolf. >> do we know what he's been doing for the last four years since he was fired from the lapd? >> reporter: unclear from this side in riverside. >> paul vercammen. thank you. we're going to stay on top of this story during our 6:00 p.m. hour. we're going to speak with chief police moose who was linked to the d.c. sniper. >>> let's move to today's dramatic confrontation up on c
afternoon through saturday morning. we'll continue to monitor here at cnn. >>> also new this morning, u.s. secrets possibly exposed. iran claiming it's decoded now released some footage from a downed u.s. drone. the man identified as a member of iran's military narrated the black and white aerial footage as it was broadcast on iranian state media. he claims that it's a drone that iran downed back in 2011. >>> also this morning, president obama giving in to congressional demands. he will release classified documents that explain the legal justification for drone strikes that kill u.s. terror suspects overseas. >>> and adding to the drama, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia and the architect of the drone policy, he'll appear before the senate intelligence committee today. lots to talk about with barbara starr who's following all these developments for us this morning from the pentagon. barbara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. all about spice and drones this morning, isn't it? well, this video has not yet been confirmed as the genuine article by the administ
. just for some perspective, the u.s. is going to spend $88 billion this year, this year in afghanistan. we're going to have much more on this part of the story coming up later, barbara. thanks very much into here in washington, president obama is doing an end around the national press today. he's taking questions from local tv stations, blaming congress for doing nothing to avoid these forced spending cuts scheduled to take effect in just nine days. so what kind of cuts is the president willing to take? jim acosta confronted the white house press secretary today with that question. jim is joining us now. how did it go? >> reporter: wolf, here we go again. the white house and congress move one day closer to the massive forced spending cuts that go into effect at the end of next week. and even though they both agree it's a problem, they are both busy blaming each other to fix it. the white house sounding the alarm. poor children will be tossed out of classrooms, health services will be slashed, border security will be compromised and the economy will take a hit if forced budgets cuts beg
to a man whose wife is stuck on that ship. >>> north korea thumbing its nose at the u.s. and the international community by carrying out a new, more powerful nuclear test. is the first one under kim jong-un, press obama calls it a threat to u.s. security and world peace. the first indication of the underground test came when seismologists detected a tremor in an area not known for earthquakes. >>> in his state of the union speech tonight, president obama will announce 34,000 u.s. troops will be home from afghanistan by this time next year. jake tapper, the first to break the news after talking to sources who know about the president's speech. the move's going to cut the number of troops in afghanistan by more than half. troop reductions will continue through the end of next year. >>> so more than 4,000 people if you can imagine this, stuck on this cruise ship, disabled cruise ship. they are hot. they are hungry. they are holding their noses because toilets are overflowing. folks feeling desperate now. the ship is finally on the move. you have tugboats towing it to mobile
political contributor the democratic strategist hilary rosen and the former u.s. senator from minnesota and former romney foreign policy adviser norm coleman. guys, thanks very much for coming in. the speaker just met with reporters on the hill. i'll play a little clip. this was his message. >> listen, hope springs eternal. the president can sit down with harry reid tonight and work with senate democrats who have the majority in the senate to move a bill. it's time for them to act. i've made this clear for months now. and yet we've seen nothing. >> now, he wants them, senator, to move legislation that passed in the last congress. the last congress is irrelevant right now. you need new legislation in order to pass a bill. >> wolf, what's not irrelevant is last congress we had the tax increase. so now it's spending cut time. the president doesn't want to to the spending cut. we had the tax increase -- >> right now, to avert this fiscal crisis we have right now, these forced spending cuts, you need a new bill. you can't use a bill from the old congress. >> the president -- you know what, a
sprinter oscar pistorius has dropped out of several races including one set for april in the u.s. although he is under contract to run, the management company said he dropped out to deal with the charges he now faces. he is accused of shooting his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. >>> sanchez seen here on the left had been refused an exit visa for years. she's headed on an 80-day tour of ten countries, including the u.s. sanchez says she doesn't plan to temper her criticism of life in cuba just because she got the exit visa. she acknowledges it could be her last trip out of the country. >>> a bigger than normal crowd packed the vatican city today. it's the second to the last time pope benedict xvi will address crowds from that famous window overlooking st. peter's square. over 100,000 people turned out to hear pope benedict ask for prayers for the next pope. ben wedeman is covering the story from rome. >> reporter: a much larger crowd crammed into st. peters square to hear pope benedict give his penultimate angeles prayer. he asked for them to pray for him and the next p
. chief vergarde chief charlie beck, dave singer from the u.s. marshals, special agent in charge, tim delaney from the federal bureau of investigations. assistant chief, state of california, department of fish and game and chief bill siegel, california highway patrol. if you have any questions regarding individual or specific questions about their individual investigations, please hold those until all the question and answer period and with that, i introduce sheriff john mcmahan. >> good afternoon. the events that occurred yesterday in the big bear area brought to close an extensive man hunt for a murder suspect, christopher dorner. our deputies in big bear responded to the report of a stolen vehicle with the subject matching the description of dorner. he crashed that vehicle and carjacked a vehicle in the oaks area. the deputies continued searching that area for the new suspect vehicle, the white pick-up truck, as well as dorner. the deputies were able to locate the vehicle, crashed, and he, dorner fled into a vacant cabin. as the deputies were arriving, we believe suspect dorner beg
claiming his death proves they were absolutely justified in passing legislation banning u.s. nationals from adopting any more russian children. they did that at the end of last year. partly in response to u.s. legislation, targeting russian human rights abusers. but also because of concerns held for a long time here by russian officials who say they are worried about the way russian orphans are treated in the united states. supporters of the adoption ban claim since the 1990s 19 other russian children have died after being adopted by americans. the russian government says it is very concerned about the welfare of russian orphans and says 60,000 have are been adopted over the last 20 years. the adoption ban is one of the key reasons why relations between the united states and russia are the worst that they have been in a long time. a line of politicians here and officials have responded to the death of this 3-year-old boy by effectively saying, we told you so. phil black, cnn, russia. >>> european scandal over mislabeled meat keeps getting big der. details of the latest recall foods where tr
.a. with the latest on the search. casey. >> reporter: well, brianna, this manhunt has expanded basically from the u.s./mexico border just south of san diego, to las vegas. as you mentioned, there's an active man hunt going on in the community of big bear, but there's also investigations going on in other places all over southern california. cnn has obtained exclusively this surveillance video from the alley of a business. an auto parts store in national city, which is just south of san diego. this surveillance video was taken on monday morning, 9:00 in the morning, and it shows christopher dorner and his pickup truck in the alley behind this business, throwing items into a dumpster behind the business. here's what the business's owner had to say about what happened on monday. >> when i came in, opened the shop, and business as usual, one of the employees went to throw the trash. after he came back, he came back with a clip like a magazine full of bullets, a belt, a military belt and a helmet. and he brought it to me and said, i found it in the back of the dumpster. >> reporter: now, what's really chi
one set for april in the u.s. although he is under contract to run, the management company said he is dropping out to deal with the faces he is charged with. he is accused of shooting his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp >>> and now a long awaited journey begins on a ten-day tour including the u.s. sanchez says she does not want to tamp her criticism of cuba, but she does plan to return. >>> and this is the second to the last time that pope benedict will address the crowds of faithful from the windows at the square. thousands of people turned out to have him ask for prayers for the next pope. ben wedeman is covering the story for us in rome. >> reporter: a much larger crowd crammed into st. peters square to hear pope benedict give his penultimate prayer. he asked for them to pray for him and the next pope. the pope is now going into a week-long lenten retreat. this is an annual tradition, and part of the lenten season. when he reemerges, he will convene the last angelis prayer and then step down as the pontiff. it is not clear when the conclave, that meeting of 117 cardinals assemb
discharged from the u.s. navy reserve earlier this year. in fact, just a short time ago, after serving in several overseas jobs. basically as a security officer. he was a lieutenant. he had weapons training in the navy. but not a commando, not a navy s.e.a.l., this was basic security work. nonetheless, he had two awards critically. the rifle marksman ribbon, and the pistol expert medal. this meant he had some qualifications in shooting at some expert level at particular distances or ranges. i think, though, very clear we should also understand that he had expertise through his service as a police officer. many people, many police officers serve in the military reserve, and they have a lot of weapons expertise due to all of that. still, very concerning, obviously, because of his background. >> were you able to learn anything about did the military have any information on his mental health? >> reporter: well, this would be a matter of privacy concerns. but at the moment, they wouldn't publicly release that. at the moment, very preliminary, there is no indication of that, because he was h
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
he's bringing home 34,000 u.s. troops, 34,000 troops, gone from afghanistan, by this time next year, 2014. that, do the math, cuts the force by a little more than half, so you will have 32,000 u.s. troops still in afghanistan into 2014. stay tuned. because we will hit on this a little later, this major troop withdrawal from afghanistan. i want to talk now about tonight, about the state of the union, about gun control. and, yes, ted nugent. >> if barack obama becomes the president in november, again, i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. >> that man, ted nugent, says he will come to the speech tonight unarmed, not a bad idea, but here you have prominent gun right supporter, how do i say this, known to be a little excitable? you with me. he'll be right there in that regal house chamber for tonight's state of the union. ted nugent will be the guest of steve stockman, house republican. stockman, from texas, says ted nugent's a patriot. here is more of ted nugent, again, speaking last april. >> our president and attorney general, our vice president, hillary clinton, th
becoming the target of a u.s. drone attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." . >>> we begin with yet another sensational turn of events in the oscar pistorius murder case. after a week of shocking and sometimes heartbreaking testimony, pistorius is now out of jail. the one-time olympic athlete who is known worldwide as the blade runner still faces charges of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us. update our viewers, robin. >> reporter: hi there. thanks for having me. can you believe it, it's only eight days ago that oscar pistorius admitted to shooting his girlfriend on valentine's day. it's been such a roller coaster ride for all of us watching this tragedy, slowly learning about all of these new details and one part of the story which is certainly not over did come to some conclusion today as os star pistorius walked out of court and is spending the night at a family home. take a look at this. a media frenzy on a road at rush hour. cameras trying to see what's behind the tinted window of the silver land rover, a glimpse of osca
in u.s. history is dead. 38-year-old chris kyle was killed with 35-year-old chad littlefield at a gun range near ft. worth, texas, of the man accused of the killing has been identified as eddie ray routh. he's now in custody facing two counts of capital murder. number two in alabama where police are keeping contact with a man at the center of a hostage standoff. jimmy lee dikes holding a 5-year-old boy in his underground bunker. it is now the sixth day of the standoff. he allowed police to deliver comfort items for the young boy like potato chips and toys. >>> a man accused of raping and killing an indian student on a new delhi bus pleaded not guilty. it sparked mass protests and marked changes against sex crimes. the defendants could face the death penalty. their trial starts tuesday. a sixth attacker is a juvenile and will be tried separately. number for the man who said he was jumped by grammy winner chris brown won't press charges or even sue. rising r & b start frank ocean said on his facebook page, he will choose sanity and drop the matter. it was a fight over a parking space at
sweep 5000 power brush. >>> welcome back to "around the world." if you thought the u.s. congress was stuck in grid las vegas, take a look at italy. that in political chaos after a election without a winner. >> the center left party, they won the vote by a slim majority. the problem is they don't have enough seats in the italian senate to actually form a government. and the current prime minister, mario monti, he finished a distant fourth. >> what threw a wrench into all of this a big vote for a protest party led by famous italian comedian, a guy named beppe grillo. controversial former prime minister sill lsilvio berluscon is not out of the picture. >> an amazing country politically. italy's the third biggest economy in europe. it got the second biggest debt burdenen in europe. investors do not like the outcome of the election. >> we watched it. the dow dropping 200 points after results came out. the european markets taking a big drop when it opened this morning. richard quest out of london, tell us what is happening. what is the reaction? >> reporter: most dramatic reaction on t
since then, you know? >> the u.s. state department is now helping in that search. >>> and spoiler alert, spoiler alert, robin, the boy wonder, will die in a comic book that is going to be published this wednesday in issue number eight of batman incorporated, robin is bruce wayne's illegitimate son. his real name, damian wayne. he dies fighting an enemy who also happens to be his brother cloned from his dna. sadly, batman arrives too late to save him. >>> it is now officially the day after hollywood's biggest night. and piers morgan, of course he was in the thick of things on the red carpet. who wore what? who had the best after party? all your questions answered as piers will join me next from los angeles. don't miss it. i don'without goingcisions to angie's list first. you'll find reviews on home repair to healthcare written by people just like you. with angie's list, i know who to call, and i know the results will be fantastic. angie's list -- reviews you can trust. hi, i'm ensure clear... clear, huh? i'm not juice or fancy water. i've got nine grams of protein. that's three times mor
as a community organizer. he would become a state legislator and u.s. senator. the connection is great. he still has a home here. the 15-year-old hadiya pendleton was killed a mile from where his job is. the connection is very real for him. the gun violence rate is one of the highest in the country. the poverty rate in the south side of chicago where he will be speaking today, where he was once a community organizer, one of the highest in the country. we've been here a couple of days, talking to community organizers. they say the need has never been greater. so when the president comes here, politically the main thing is to give his message from the state of the union and put it on the ground where the people are and where the situations require it and, of course, south side of chicago is a place where urban violence is very much a foot. however, there's going to be the looming question, are you just giving your speech or are you going to make good on the promises here where you call home? a lot of people are so happy to see the president but they will be even more happy if these words turn into
. he was scheduled to run in australia, brazil, the u.s., the uk and russia. while pistorius is in court on tuesday for a bail hearing, reeva's family says they'll be a memorial service for her as producers of her reality show released this farewell message from her, meant to be to the cast, but which now becomes her last words, her last good-bye. >> i take with me so many amazing memories and things that are in here and in here that i'll treasure forever. i'm going to miss you all so much. i love you very, very much. >> what a sad story that is. robyn kurnow reporting for us. we'll have more on that later here in "the situation room" as well. other news we're following including some painful budget cuts that will be felt by all of us. they're not only days away, they could affect you in some unexpected ways. plus, senator john mccain is alleging a massive cover-up on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >> so it's the state department's fault? who would you blame? who is responsible then? i've always had to keep my eye on her... but, i didn't always wa
for the targeted killing of americans. the memo says the u.s. can use lethal force against an american citizen overseas if that person happens to be a senior leader with al qaeda. the 16 page policy paper also states clear evidence of an imminent attack against the united states that it is not required to carry out a targeted killing. >> the state department is refusing to discuss a 3 1/2 minute propaganda video uploaded to youtube by the north korean government. it shows a young man dreaming of a rocket attack on a city that looks like new york. it eventually shows the city in ruins with we are the world playing in the background. the state department says it won't dignify the video by speaking about it. >> this is better man's favorite story of the day. disney is expanding the gallon abs city far, far away. they announced a new star wars trilo trilogy. >> very excited about that. >> so now they've unveiled plans for two stand alone spinoff movies. each spinoff will be written around a specific character. they're scheduled to be released after episode 7 due out in the summer of 2015 with j.j.
the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. who took him out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> all that coming up, but there's also developments happening right now in southern california. frayed nerves and a cold trail, as investigators search for the fired los angeles police officer christopher dorner who's declared war on the police, now wanted in the murders of three people. we're standing by for a news conference. the prosecutor is going to be giving us new information. let's check in with cnn's miguel marquez in los angeles for an update. do police have any serious clues right now? >> reporter: it's not for lack of trying. they are trying to create those clues. they say they have 600 clues that hundreds of investigators are trying to pile through. right now, people are very nervous across the entire state. nervous students return. schools finally reopened in big bear. >> there's a bad guy on the loose and we don't want to get shot by him. >> reporter: today, it's security, along with students. >> today we feel much better. there's a lot of --
it gets here it will be greeted by members of the u.s. coast guard and the nationshtio transportation safety board. it's no exaggeration to say this cruise to paradise has turned into a cruise through hell. >> raw sewage, pretty bad. when you walk in the hallways, you have to cover your face, we don't have any masks for breathing. it's just disgusting. >> reporter: sunday's fire which disabled the cruise ship's engines, disabled many of the toilets t hot water and the air conditioners. >> the rooms are very hot unless you have a balcony room and then you can kind of get air and light, but if you have an interior room like mine, it's pretty dark in there and pretty smelly especially if someone used your bathroom. >> reporter: as for food -- >> bread, boxed cereal and water and sodas and they just opened the bar to give people free beer and wine. >> reporter: fresh food is being brought aboard from other cruise ships. tug boats are brewing the ship to port in the mobile, alabama. meanwhile the crew are doing what they can. >> we're not having as much fun as what we had planned, but ever
of the possible sequestration, the u.s. navy, cancelling the deployment of some other ships, cancelling some maintenance and pushing back some of the civilian contracts that they had signed. they say this is really just the tip of the iceberg, and down the road you could see a reduction in personnel. you could see training dramatically cut back in a lot of areas. >> chris, if these cuts do go into effect, they will be immediately felt or will be felt in the month his to come? >> reporter: this is going to be the toughest year, because critics will say look, once you get into year three, four and five, then the military will be able to dig in, cancel maybe some of the big contracts so that they can spread out the hurt a little more. the issue here is that pay and benefits take up about a third of the budget. you can't touch that with sequestration. also off limits are the wounded warrior program. they're not going to affect afghanistan that much. so to pull to make the cuts is smaller. and in a limited amount of time, you know, nine months left in a year, six months left in the fiscal year, t
is expected over much of the u.s. a massive winter storm is expanding fast from california to the midwest. we're talking heavy snow, ice, freezing rain. all of that. the huge storm system may wal lop the southeast with violent thunderstorms, floods, hail, and possible tornadoes. and then on to california heavy snow already has left hundreds of drivers stranded on mountain highways. casey wian joins us. so, casey, isc california equipped to deal with this kind of snow? >> reporter: well, we've had most of the snow overnight, frederica. you can see behind me there's just pretty much a light dusting on those hills there, but it was a much different story overnight. behind me you can see interstate 15 and that is one of the main roads that connects los angeles. that highway was closed on and off because of heavy snow conditions. one of our affiliates showing one of the accidents that happened on the highway last night, one of the reasons why the california highway patrol had to shut down this interstate overnight. so far no fatalities. no serious injuries reported, but there were a lot of inconve
covering the story of martha stewart, the u.s. embassy bombing trial. and listening to this particular trial is really interesting, the fact they brought on the wife, the one who initially basically discovered or uncovered this behavior, saying that, you know, he never really wanted the baby that they had together, that he became withdrawn, he became remote. a young couple. there was something very almost strange about her particular testimony, even when the defense lawyer said, look, why didn't you come and talk to us about what it was you experienced? she said, why would i want to do that? he's trying to kill me. however, and this is the point that sunny makes, that is you've got to look at the charges. he's facing a conspiracy of kid na napping, also accessing a database. so two counts, that's all. when i heard prosecutors give their opening -- >> go ahead, sunny. >> i think the second count is the slam dunk count. if he in fact is a law enforcement, dabbled into a database and broke into a database for other than law enforcement purposes, hey, as a federal prosecutor, that's the ea
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was a former navy lieutenant in the naval reserves. and now we are told that u.s. navy bases in california and nevada are on, quote, maintaining a heightened security posture, a heightened state of alert as they too are on the lookout for this man. and they do have some reason to know that he has approached the u.s. military in the last few days. a couple of days ago, they learned -- they discovered that he had stayed at a navy motel facility in san diego, and on wednesday he approached two navy sailors at his old unit when he was in the reserves, had a conversation with them, they did not realize they had been talking to dorner until they saw all the news reports. so a lot of concern now, in fact, a day ago, the point loma naval base shut down briefly while they thought he might be there. so now overnight the admiral in charge of the southwest region of the united states for the u.s. navy has ordered this heightened security posture. they're not talking exactly about what they're doing. i think we can well understand that they're going to check everybody's passes, everybody's access, as t
of caution it was best to get the passenger off the ship and we were assisted by the u.s. coast guard in helping that happen. >> was it an adult or a child? >> i don't have that information. i don't have that information. >> are they hospitalized now? >> i just now that they were evacuated from the ship. but beyond that, i don't have that information. >> you said it's going to be about five hours once they arrive here and get everybody off the ship. is there additional that will provide service to people or are they going to remain uncomfortable for those five hours? >> well, we will not be providing much additional power to the ship. there's not a capability of doing that once the ship docks. we will not be providing much additional power but we have a lot of manpower that we will throw at it. we have assistance from both shore and ship that we can provide in getting the people off as quickly as possible. >> do you have a more specific time? >> in terms of when we expect the arrival? >> of when it will dock. >> as i said, we expect seven to ten hour transit from 2:30 p.m. >> what's t
to increase not just here in the u.s., but globally because of a better outlook for the global economy. the price of oil has been modestly higher since the beginning of the year. you don't need me to tell you that. the good news is it has been relatively stable since the summer, carol. you haven't seen the real crazy spikes that we've seen over the years. carol? >> alison kosik reporting live from new york this morning. move over, guys. danica patrick in the top spot. patrick won the pole position for the daytona 500, becoming the first woman to win a pole at any nascar top division race. she later spoke with cnn's don lemon, who asked her, if she could comprehend that she made history. >> i that i that understanding the scope of what that means and what that will end up meaning, or if any, is something that happens down the road. in the moment, it's about thinking about what i need to do for next sunday and trying to make some more history. i love that to go beyond racing in general, i mean, just to kind of break gender barriers, i feel that one of the coolest things is to be able to
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